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  • Moron accidentally shoots himself and kills an innocent woman in Helen, GA

    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/crime-l...street-/ng4YT/

    Stray bullet wounds man, kills woman across street in N. Georgia town

    A Texas woman died late Saturday after she was struck by a stray gunshot in the town of Helen in North Georgia.

    Police said the bullet came from a small-caliber handgun carried by a 53-year-old man from Jasper, Ga. The gun accidentally discharged, and the bullet traveled across Helen’s tourist-laden Main Street and struck the woman in the side.

    Bystanders attempted to administer first aid, police said, but authorities pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

    The shooting took place outside the Old Heidelberg restaurant and bar, one of many Bavarian-themed businesses in Helen, a town of about 500 residents in White County, 90 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta. The town’s main route, Ga. 75, is often crowded with visitors, many of them motorcyclists attracted by the area’s twisting mountainous roads.

    Officers from the Helen Police Department responded to a call of shots fired at 10:41 p.m. Saturday. They first found the 53-year-old man, identified as Glenn Patrick Lampien, sitting on a bench, his hand bleeding. Officers then learned of a second victim, the Texas woman across the street, apparently struck by the same bullet.

    Authorities did not release the woman’s name Sunday.

    In a statement Sunday, the police said Lampien would be charged with involuntary manslaughter.

    An employee who answered the telephone Sunday at the Old Heidelberg said the police had instructed the restaurant’s staff not to speak to reporters.

    In a brief telephone interview, Lampien’s wife, Valerie, said her husband was recovering. She was not with him Saturday night in Helen.

    “I don’t know what happened myself,” she said. “It’s an unfortunate situation.”

    Lampien is the owner of Lampien Mechanical Services in Jasper, which installs and services commercial and industrial air conditioning systems. Public records indicate he was convicted of driving under the influence in 1999 and sentenced to probation.

    The shooting occurred less than two months after a new law took effect in Georgia that greatly extended gun owners’ rights to carry weapons in public places. Bars are among the locations covered by House Bill 60.

    In an online forum sponsored by GeorgiaPacking.org, a gun-rights advocacy group, one commenter said Sunday: “Of course, HB 60 will be blamed.”

    A woman posting to the Helen Police Department’s Facebook page took a different view: “Guns everywhere! This is our brand new law in action.”



    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/victim-...od-woma/ng42P/

    Victim of Helen shooting was new citizen, ‘good woman’

    Newly naturalized as a U.S. citizen, May Araim looked forward to traveling freely as an American to her native Iraq. First, though, she needed to see a cousin from Atlanta whose cancer might prove fatal before Araim returned.

    Araim, 68, of Houston was walking with her cousin, two other women and two male relatives late Saturday in the northeast Georgia resort town of Helen. Across North Main Street in the faux-Alpine village, a gunshot cracked. Araim fell to the ground, wounded in the side, and rapidly bled to death.

    Family members identified Araim as the victim of a shooting that stunned tourists and residents in Helen, a town of 500 people about 90 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta. Police had not confirmed Araim’s identity on Monday and have released only a few details of their investigation into her death. They planned to file involuntary manslaughter charges against 53-year-old Glenn Patrick Lampien of Jasper, whose small-caliber handgun apparently fired by accident, striking his hand before crossing the street and killing Araim. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Araim, who was Muslim, and her three female companions were wearing hijab, the traditional Islamic head covering that symbolizes modesty for women in public, her nephew, Omar Araim, said Monday.

    Whether Lampien saw Araim and the other women before the shooting was not clear. Neither the Helen police nor the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which took over the case Sunday, responded to requests for information Monday. The Helen police deleted information about the shooting posted Sunday on the department’s Facebook page.

    The case fueled online debate about a new Georgia law that greatly expanded the rights of gun owners to carry weapons in public places, such as bars. The new statute, which took effect last month, has been labeled the “Guns Everywhere” law.

    It was not known whether Lampien, the owner of a commercial and industrial air conditioning company, had a concealed-carry permit for his handgun. Nor was it known whether he had removed the weapon from a holster before the shot fired. Lampien received a minor hand injury and was treated at a Gainesville hospital.

    “Maybe the shooting was accidental,” Omar Araim said by telephone from his home in California. “But what was the guy doing drawing a gun in the middle of a crowd?”

    He said his great-aunt had lived in the United States for many years but became a citizen only recently. She took the oath of citizenship at a ceremony in Houston within the past two weeks, he said.

    The shooting took place outside the Old Heidelberg restaurant and lounge. Employees there declined to comment. It is one of numerous Bavarian-themed establishments along Helen’s main route, Ga. 75, and sits about a block north of the Chattahoochee River.

    She and her relatives were completing a day trip to Helen when the shooting occurred, Omar Araim said. His great-aunt was returning to Houston early this week to obtain her American passport. She was planning a long trip to Iraq to visit her sons and other relatives.

    “It has thrown the whole family for a loop,” Omar Araim said. “She was a good woman. God rest her soul.”
    Last edited by Carbonfiberfoot; 08-18-2014, 03:16 PM.

  • #2
    Poor woman. But my gun didn't shoot her.
    When you are dead, you don't know you're dead. It is difficult only for the others around you.

    It is the same when you are stupid.

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    • #3
      Did she have her hands up?
      Now go home and get your shine box!

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      • #4
        In an online forum sponsored by GeorgiaPacking.org, a gun-rights advocacy group, one commenter said Sunday: “Of course, HB 60 will be blamed.”
        Of course it will. As will the gun itself. And everyone will ignore that it took an act of negligence on the part of the guy with the gun to make this all happen.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by JustAJ View Post
          Of course it will. As will the gun itself. And everyone will ignore that it took an act of negligence on the part of the guy with the gun to make this all happen.
          Was it negligence...or a deliberate act?
          What better way to cover up an "accidental" shooting then to shoot yourself in the hand?

          With all that's going on in the world, I believe it's a possibility. Stay Safe!

          Ski

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          • #6
            Originally posted by codemanski View Post
            Was it negligence...or a deliberate act?
            What better way to cover up an "accidental" shooting then to shoot yourself in the hand?

            With all that's going on in the world, I believe it's a possibility. Stay Safe!

            Ski
            Normally, I'd say that was crazy talk. But, the fact that she was middle eastern, wearing a hijab, and walking with a group of other middle easterners really makes me wonder. He's already proven that he was ignorant enough to either carry a gun without a holster, carry a gun without a drop safety, stick his finger in his carry gun's trigger guard, or draw his carry gun on a busy tourist street.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by CCCSD View Post
              Did she have her hands up?
              This made me LOL.

              Im glad im not the only one with a twisted sense of humor.

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